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Islam Litanies in Honor of the Prophet

Jazuli.  Dala'il al-Khayrat [Proofs of Good Deeds]. North Africa, probably Morocco, AH 1025 (1616 CE).  NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Jazuli's collection of litanies, completed in the mid-15th century, has enjoyed wide popularity in North Africa for centuries. This handsome, early copy uses colored inks to highlight the supplicant's request that God respond when addressed both by "the names that I have learned and those that I may not learn." The unknowable names of God include those used by earlier prophets. Jazuli mentions the Prophet's death and burial under the floor of a house in which he lived in Medina, and how the remains of Abu Bakr and Umar, Muhammad’s two close companions and the first caliphs, were laid to rest near him.

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